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I watched the ceremony from behind that bush. But this time they were conscious only of themselves and of their dancing. And when he went off to fight with the International Brigade, my mother grieved as any bride would grieve. But this time there was no sobbing, no lamenting, no collapse into a depression. ( KATE now goes to JACK and gently takes the sticks from him. She places them on the ground.) KATE : We'll leave these back where we found them, Jack. They aren't ours. They belong to the child. (She takes his arm and leads him off.) Now we'll go for our walk. (The others watch with expressionless faces.)
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ACT 2 Early September; three weeks later. Ink bottle and some paper on the kitchen table. Two finished kites - their artwork still unseen - lean against the garden seat. MICHAEL stands downstage left, listening to MAGGIE as she approaches, singing. Now she enters left carrying two zinc buckets ofwater. She is dressed as she was in Act I. She sings in her usual parodic style: MAGGIE : 'Oh play to me, Gypsy; The moon's high above. Oh, play me your serenade, The song I love...' (She goes into the kitchen and from her zinc buckets she fills the kettle and the saucepan on the range. She looks over at the writing materials.) Are you getting your books ready for school again? BOY : School doesn't start for another ten days. MAGGIE : God, I always hated school. (She hums the next line of the song. Then she remembers:) You and I have a little financial matter to discuss. ( Pause .) D'you hear me, cub? BOY : I'm not listening. MAGGIE : You owe me money. BOY : I do not. MAGGIE : Oh, yes, you do. Three weeks ago I bet you a penny those aul kites would never get off the ground. And they never did. BOY : Because there was never enough wind; that's why. MAGGIE : Enough wind! Would you listen to him. A hurricane wouldn't shift those things. Anyhow a debt is a debt. One penny please at your convenience. Or the equivalent in kind: one Wild Woodbine. ( Sings :) 'Beside your caravan The campfire's bright...' (She dances her exaggerated dance across to the table and tousles
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the BOY 'S hair.) BOY : Leave me alone, Aunt Maggie. MAGGIE : Til be your vagabond Just for tonight...' BOY : Now look at what you made me do! The page is all blotted! MAGGIE : Your frank opinion, cub: am I vagabond material? BOY : Get out of my road, will you? I'm trying to write a letter. MAGGIE : Who to? That's for me to know and you to find out. Whoever it is, he'd need to be smart to read that scrawl. (She returns to her buckets.) BOY : It's to Santa Claus. MAGGIE : In September? Nothing like getting in before the rush. What are you asking for? BOY : A bell. MAGGIE : A bell. BOY : For my bicycle. MAGGIE : For your bicycle. BOY : The bike my daddy has bought me - stupid! MAGGIE : Your daddy has bought you a bicycle? BOY : He told me today. He bought it in Kilkenny. So there! (Her manner changes. She returns to the table.) MAGGIE : ( Softly ) Your daddy told you that?
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  • Fall '11
  • Kerins
  • Ode, 2007 singles, 2005 singles, 2008 singles, 2004 singles, UK Singles Chart number-one singles, KATE MAGGIE ROSE

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